This September we will be breaking ground on site - starting the much needed work to make the King's Theatre fit for the future. Help us towards reaching the finish line: By giving to our Crowdfunder you are directly helping towards our goal to raise another £1 million for the King's between now and September.
When the King's re-opens, it will be both a creative hub at the heart of the community and a world-class, accessible and modern theatre for all to enjoy. All the while we will preserve the charm and period character that makes the King's so special.
Edinburgh is an internationally renowned city of culture, blessed with historic buildings in which to enjoy a wide array of art and entertainment. For us to retain and preserve this heritage, we need to invest in our buildings to make them welcoming and accessible venues for everyone.
Our ambition to keep the King’s open and thriving has become increasingly urgent; if major improvements are not made, visitor numbers will continue to decline because of the poor visitor experience. The King’s will almost certainly be forced to close and we will lose one more of the UK’s most historic theatres.
From its opening night in 1906, the King’s has been a city institution and an architectural gem. For generations people have flocked to and adored the King’s.
We invite your help to ensure the next generation will have the same opportunities to share in the magic of live performance at the King’s.
If you can do one thing today, try and imagine your life without the King’s. Imagine not having hundreds of local children perform on stage as part of the Gang Show; or families missing the magical experience of walking through the elaborately carved wooden doors to see the Christmas panto with their nearest and dearest; imagine not seeing unmissable, world-class performances in our impressive ornate auditorium during the International Festival. Without the King's Theatre, Edinburgh would lose a bit of its sparkle.
We have the opportunity with the King’s transformation to open the building up to a much-wider audience, to turn the building into a vibrant, accessible arts venue where there’s lots going on, during the day and on into the evening. As dear is the building is now to those who can’t imagine Edinburgh without it, the King’s has the potential to be an even greater asset to the city’s cultural life.
Thanks to the generous support of so many people who love the King’s, as well as grants and donations from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, trusts and foundations and companies, we have raised over 90% of the costs of the project. You can learn more about the King’s Future and donate by visiting our website below.
“The King’s Theatre is a gem which deserves to be preserved. If we don’t invest in our theatres we stand to lose a vital part of Scotland’s cultural heritage and a theatre for everyone for generations to come” Brian Cox, Honorary Patron
‘I love this theatre. I am really delighted that this redevelopment is being undertaken. This appeal needs the support of everybody.’ Elaine C. Smith